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Are the Braves OK without Tim Hudson?

Jul 25, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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Tim Hudson was, quite obviously, placed on the disabled list this morning. Paul Maholm is getting DL’d too. With their two eldest starting pitchers going down, do the Braves need some rotation help?

Not necessarily. Brandon Beachy is done with his rehab assignment and is coming back, so he’ll fill a slot. Alex Wood, who made an emergency start in a double header earlier this season, will fill in for a while until Maholm is back. Wood has been solid in relief in the bigs so far this year and has a 1.31 ERA in 11 minor league starts this year. With a nice cushion in what is turning out to be a weak NL East, it’s worth it for the Braves to see what each of those guys have before running out and getting a starter.

Best case scenario: both Wood and Beachy are solid starters down the stretch and Atlanta has six starters for five slots once Maholm returns. Next best: one of them is good and the Braves still have a full rotation. Next best after that: only one of the three between Maholm, Wood and Beachy can cut it and, while it makes for a less-than-ideal couple of months, the playoff rotation is good to go.  For them to really be in trouble requires all three of them to either stink, be unhealthy or all three.

Obviously you’d rather have Tim Hudson around, and given the Braves’ historic caution as an organization it wouldn’t surprise me if they went out and at least tried to get a starter. But I don’t think it’s absolutely imperative.

  1. schmedley69 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    The Braves weren’t ok with Tim Hudson. They just happen to play in a very bad division. That team is going nowhere in the playoffs, and the sulking Upton Brothers will weigh that team down for years.

    • bfunk1978 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      I agree with everything but that last little bit. BJ, yes, will weigh them down. Justin when healthy I think will turn it around. He’s just streaky.

    • nsauser - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Yea I wish the Braves hadn’t committed so much to BJ. I don’t think a contract of that size was warranted. I also agree that the Upton Bros. can have poor attitudes at times, Justin can be especially down.

      I feel like the Braves had been better suited to use the BJ money for McCann and have Gattis play LF or RF. The bottom line is it sucks to lost Huddy but he wasn’t going to pitch many more years anyway.

  2. spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Were the Braves ok With Tim Hudson?

    I don’t see being favored in a series vs the Dodgers, Reds, Pirates or Cards with or without Hudson.

    • nps6724 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      The Braves are 5-2 vs. LA, 4-3 vs. Cincy, and 4-3 vs. Pittsburgh (haven’t played St. Louis yet).

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Past history means very little to me and bookmakers. How well you’re playing in the now does.

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        I mean the Braves swept the Dodgers….in May….

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        25 wins 22 losses since June 1st? And they started June with 5 straight wins….

      • nps6724 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        “How you’re playing in the now” will also be past history come October. It’s simply ridiculous to say one likely playoff team will or won’t be favored over another when we haven’t even reached the trade deadline. Especially when the team you say won’t be favored has a winning record against every team mentioned (that they’ve played).

  3. chadjones27 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Have you seen the rest of the NL East? They’ll be fine

    • spudchukar - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      They will be fine for the division, but come play-off time they will and should be serious underdogs. They are fortunate, that all the power is in the Central, and they will be able to avoid playing them until the championship of the NL, but their homer or bust approach, is catching up with them, and 90 wins is doubtful.

      • bfunk1978 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Anything can happen. Look at 2006. WS winner had 83 regular season wins.

  4. yahmule - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Brandon Beachy had serious issues with his command on that rehab stint. Expect him to miss home plate more than usual and to catch more of it than he intended more than usual.

    • yahmule - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Downthumbers, don’t blame me when he gets his tits lit. Tried to warn you.

      • yahmule - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        You’re right. Wainwright needed a season to get his command back, but he’s no Brandon Beachy. Everything should be just fine.

  5. pisano - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Phil Hughes is more than available, and the Yankees would just give you Joba for nothing, if the Braves would take the bum.

    • natslady - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Ditto for Dan Haren. Here, we don’t even need a prospect back, might even eat salary. Just let him pitch every 5 days….

  6. Francisco (FC) - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Are the Braves OK without Tim Hudson?

    They’re in the NL Least. They’ll be fine.

  7. Francisco (FC) - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Wood has been solid

    No pun intended right?

    • stex52 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Seems unlikely. A far safer assumption would be pun intended, to see if we are awake.

  8. sfsugator - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Chipper should come back for playoff run

  9. steelers88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I think the Braves will be fine in the regular season because they play in a really crappy division this year the Phillies can’t pitch or hit and the Nationals can’t hit so the Braves will win by default but the Playoffs they have no shot.

  10. misterj167 - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Once you get into the playoffs anything can happen. The Braves have depth and if they’re on any kind of a roll hitting-wise come playoff time, they have as good a chance as anyone else to go far. They don’t ave a lock on the division but having the biggest lead in all baseball doesn’t hurt.

  11. bravojawja - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I hear Cliff Lee is available…

  12. wpjohnson - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Even with Hudson, the Braves weren’t going anywhere in the playoffs. Hudson was their best hope since the rest of the rotation is made up of low three through five starters. Without Hudson, you don’t compete with the type of starters that the Braves have now.

    It will be a quick out and early winter vacation.

  13. wpjohnson - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Wood just got ripped by the Mets. Mark him off the list.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Your probably one of those people who bragged about about how the Tigers where going to smoke the Giants because the Giants had no offense…..the braves will be fine watch as they take 2 outta 3 from the cards this weekend

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